Research course

Ceramics and Glasses

Institution
The University of Manchester · School of Materials
Qualifications
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

You will need to be a science and engineering graduate with at least a 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent. Subject to satisfactory progress, it is possible to transfer to PhD at the end of the degree, requiring a further two years full-time study, or four years part-time. For direct entry onto the PhD programme, from your undergraduate degree, you will need to be a science and engineering graduate with at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

The Ceramics and Glasses research programmes are part of a progressive research area within the school; we have close links with industry and research councils and we work collaboratively with them on many areas of research within the subject.

Our research is concerned with the processing, characterisation and applications of structural and functional ceramic materials. Structural ceramics are used in engineering applications due to a combination of high strength, chemical / thermal resistance and extreme hardness. In contrast, functional ceramics exhibit unique electrical, magnetic and optical properties, which lead to applications in a diverse range of electronic components - filters in mobile telecommunications, exhaust gas sensors and pyroelectric thermal imaging cameras.

We are engaged in research to understand the structure-property relationships in a wide range of ceramic materials and to develop materials / components with enhanced properties. Materials are developed by conventional powder processing methods and by novel processing procedures.

Active projects in this area involve a wide range of processing techniques for functional and structural materials - these techniques are employed in industries as diverse as power generation, mobile telecommunications, aerospace and medical implants. To understand the microstructure-property relationships for the ceramics, we make extensive use of specialist characterisation facilities available in the school and in partner institutions nationally and internationally.

Through our close relationship with industry, we ensure that the research we carry out is relevant and focused on the requirements of new technology. We currently collaborate on research with, amongst others, Rolls-Royce, British Nuclear Fuel, Xaar Printing Technology, Powerwave, Morgan Electroceramics, and BAE Systems. We are also supported by EPSRC, the European Commission, and British Energy.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will need a recognised English language qualifications: IELTS (6.5 with no sub-test under 5.5); TOEFL (570 with 5.0 in TWE); CBTOEFL (230 with 5.0 in TWE). Other English Language qualifications/tests can be considered including those offered by the University's Language Teaching Centre.

Fees and funding

Please see: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/about/funding/

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Administrator
Email
pg-materials@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 306 3559
Fax
+44 (0)161 306 4865